Our Team

Saran Gurdev Singh Bal

Founder

Saran is the founder of the Lotus Group. His determination, willpower and hard work have developed the business from ‘one man, one truck’ in the early 70’s to the multi-faceted transportation giant that is Lotus Terminals today.

Transportation has always been in the blood of the Bal Family. Saran’s father was deployed in the Second World War for the British Indian Army in the transport division and then continued on in this field after returning.

Before coming to Canada, Saran was a university-level cricketer. After emigrating to Canada, he started to work in transportation-related fields. He eventually bought his own truck and this evolved into him establishing his own business. Saran realized that there was a need in the market for a smaller carrier with expertise usually only held by larger, more corporately restricted companies.

As with other fledgling companies, there were many day-to-day and longer-term challenges. However, overcoming these challenges helped the company grow and expand in a robust way. Through numerous purchases, expansions and other business transactions, The Lotus Group has expanded into a multi-pronged transportation leader. As he learned from his father’s military background, ‘With determination, I will be triumphant’ – he has instilled this passion and confidence in the Lotus Terminals Family.

Prabhjeet Singh Bal

CEO and COO

Prabhjeet (Prab) Singh Bal is CEO and COO of the Lotus Terminals Group of Companies, taking over from his father, the founder. He was a proud member of the Fighting Irish football and basketball teams at Vancouver College (VC). After graduating from VC, he attended the University of British Columbia and was an offensive lineman with the Thunderbirds football program. Prior to playing with the T-Birds, Prab was member of the Vancouver Trojans football organization.

After completing his bachelors’ program at UBC, Prab starting working part-time with his father in the family trucking business. After almost 20 years, Prab has expanded the family business into a multi-faceted transportation and logistics powerhouse. He leads the Lotus operation team and is head of strategic planning for the organization. Prab’s father started the business as one man and a truck in the 80s. Through his perseverance and Prab’s high energy and creativity, the company has grown exponentially and is now headquartered at their custom-built state of the art facility in Cloverdale.

Prab has been a volunteer basketball and football coach since graduating from VC. He has been an assistant and head coach at VC, St. Joseph’s Elementary, St. Bernadette’s Elementary, White Rock Titans and Westside Warriors Football. Currently, Prab is part of the VC football coaching staff, and also serves on the board of the Warriors football organization. He is passionate about sports and fitness and has a skill of bringing the best out in his team, whether it be in the office or the gridiron.

Harsaran Singh Bal (Ricky)

In-House Counsel

Harsaran Singh Bal (Ricky) is in-house counsel and a part of the operations team at the Lotus Group of Companies. He was a proud member of the Fighting Irish football and basketball programs throughout his time at Vancouver College (VC). After graduating, he attended the International Study Centre in England for a one-year post-secondary program. He then completed his undergraduate studies and law degree at UBC. At UBC Law, Ricky worked with and then became the Executive Director of a large student-led legal advice clinic. He later became a board member and president of the organization.

Ricky articled and practiced at a prominent local criminal defence firm. As his practice was growing, so too did the family business come calling. Ricky made the transition to his family’s transportation business in 2017. After helping build the new headquarters in Cloverdale, Ricky joined in the management and operations team at the Lotus Terminals Group of Companies. His life-long love of machinery led him to expand the business from transportation to specialized handling of complex freight. Lotus’ new and expanding transloading and logistics department has opened up new markets for the business as well as sustained long-term growth prospects. From court robes to coveralls, Ricky is excited to help lead the family business to new heights.

Since graduating, Ricky has returned to the gridiron to coach football at several organizations including the White Rock Titans, Westside Warriors and currently at Vancouver College.